In this second installment from Anand, he is looking at the less expensive 2.8 GHz dual core Pentium D processor.

With all this excitement, we still have to keep ourselves grounded in the thought that dual core isn’t here yet; it’s still as much as two months away.  For AMD, as we’ve known all along, the wait is going to be a bit longer on the desktop.  The workstation and server markets will be serviced by AMD first, and we will have a look at workstation/server dual core performance as soon as AMD launches those parts.  It’s looking like, at least on the desktop, if you want dual core at a reasonable price point, your only option will be Intel.  But the prospect of more affordable dual core chips out of AMD in 2006 is quite exciting as well.